Cathedral of Saint Mary Major, Teggiano
The old town of Teggiano rises in the splendid scenery of the Vallo di Diano, a green stretch crossed by the River Tanagro lying low on a hill between the Cilento mountains and the Apennine of Campania, a magnificent natural terrace that dives into a fairy-tale past of princes and many-towered castles.
Little old streets accompany the visitor in the center of the town, where the magic of a distant age revives, with countless nuances, in its eternal charm.
It is especially in the medieval period that Teggiano reached its maximum political and cultural splendor, thanks to the noble and powerful family of Sanseverino, Counts of Marsico and then princes of Salerno, who transformed the stronghold into a small treasure chest of inestimable works.
The cathedral, in honour of Saint Mary Major, witnesses a wonderful alliance between faith and art. The structure rises, with his full majesty, in the silence of the quiet town, and the intimate atmosphere envelops the visitor in a sweet past dream that is lost in time.
It was built at the end of the 13th century by Carlo D’Angiò, as a sign of gratitude to the Sanseverino princes, who supported him in the war against the Svevians.
The entrance to the cathedral is an engaging, unique and emotional tour, an intimate breathing that diffuses sacredness and spiritual strength.
In its interior there are treasures of different ages: the valuable tombs of the princes Henry and Thomas Sanseverino, made by the talented hand of the sculptor Tino da Camaino from Siena, and the precious medieval ambo by Melchiorre da Montalbano.
On the left nave of the chapel, the bones of the patron saint, Saint Cono, native of Diano, to which the town of Teggiano has put his prayers, are preserved in a shrine.
Every day from 08.00 to 18.00
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Cattedrale di Santa Maria Maggiore
Via Discesa S. Maria, 27 – 84039 Teggiano (SA)